Faculty Development Office to Host Book Publishing Workshop for Faculty on December 2



The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is pleased to offer the first session in a series of book publishing workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Publishing your first book: where to start? – Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Zoom meeting


In this interactive workshop, Matt Becker, editor-in-chief of the University of Massachusetts Press, will discuss issues to consider when professors publish their first book. Topics will include how to revise a thesis into a book manuscript, strategies for approaching an editor, and an overview of what the publishing process entails. Teachers will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the workshop and will have a glimpse of their own path to the first book.

The workshop is organized by the Office of Faculty Development, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Press, as part of OFD’s scholarly writing programs.

About presenter Matt Becker, editor of the University of Massachusetts Press:

Matt Becker started at UMass Press in 2015. He was previously editor-in-chief of acquisitions at the University of Nevada Press and also worked for Wayne State University Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He holds a doctorate. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Becker wishes to acquire scholarly manuscripts in all areas of American history and society, including those with an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, especially projects that deal with social justice and equity. He also acquired regional trade titles on subjects related to New England.



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